Allergy Management Plan
Food Allergy (including, but not limited to, peanut allergy)
Chapel Hill ISD food allergy management plans will be individualized to all students who have food allergies. Once notified of the student's allergy, a working partnership with students, parents, student's physician, school nurse and other Chapel Hill ISD personnel, as appropriate, begins the foundation for the development of an individual health plan (IHP). Upon receipt of signed medical plans and parental consent, the IHP is developed. The first to be addressed is the emergency response. This ensures that a team of at least three (3) principal-designated staff members, daily working with the affected student, are trained to recognize an allergic reaction, have the rescue drugs readily available and quickly treat the student. This will include training of these staff members, at least annually, or more frequently, as the school nurse deems. The emergency response team in each school drills annually to hone their response skills. In the case of severe life threatening allergies, the school principal will collaborate with the school nurse to send letters to other parents of the class requesting parents to voluntarily refrain from sending the allergen food in their child's belongings during school or for after-school activities, celebrations or parties (only on Elementary and Intermediate Campuses). Depending on physical constraints within the school, the principal may designate a food-allergy friendly area or lunch table. The Food and Nutritional service department in collaboration with the parents and school nurse will follow their policy for medical documentation for meal substitution, when applicable. However, a Statement Regarding Meal Substitutions or Modifications Form must be filed with the school nurse. Subsequently, the nurse will notify all site-based Food Service Managers. Hand washing guidelines to staff and students are enforced. The custodial department will be instructed to surfaces daily. Non-food items will be adapted in curriculum for those classes who have students with food allergies. The transportation department will also be notified, and trained to recognize the specific reactions to life threatening allergies, if applicable. While Chapel Hill ISD cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment at school, the district is committed to doing everything possible to ensure the safety of every child who has allergies.
Anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe allergic reaction. The most dangerous symptoms include breathing difficulties, a drop in blood pressure or shock. Common examples of potentially life threatening allergies are those to food or stinging insects. Other allergic reactions may also occur to medications, latex or while exercising. The emergency treatment is epinephrine, which is usually supplied in epi-pens. This is for use by the nurse in case of unexpected anaphylaxis. Chapel Hill ISD has developed guidelines to manage students with these life threatening allergies, so that they may safely participate in the educational process. CHMS and CHHS students only, who qualify, and are at risk for developing anaphylaxis are entitled to carry and self-administer their anaphylaxis medications (epi-pens) while at school or a school event, if they have met the legal requirements below: The medication and the self-administration must be authorized by a physician or licensed health care provider. The student must demonstrate to the physician, other health care provider and to the school nurse, the skill level necessary to self-administer the medication. Chapel Hill ISD has developed an Allergy Emergency Action Plan that has the components of the legal requirements included within it. Please contact your school nurse before enrollment or at the start of the new school year, to obtain all the proper paper work needed that will help ensure the safety of your student with an allergy.